Medellin

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

10
15/263
Details
Large apartment$488.44
Medium apartment$409.64
Rent index [score]1.00
Small apartment$330.85

Cost of Living

10
15/261
Details
5km taxi ride$3.10
A Cappuccino$1.30
A beer$1.20
A kilogram of Apples$1.60
Bread$0.36
Inflation [score]0.95
Lunch$3.70
Monthly fitness club membership$37.00
Monthly public transport$32.00
Movie ticket$3.50
Price of a meal at a restaurant$22.43

Startups

5
119/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups5
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.30
Coworking spaces [score]0.42
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co4
Meetups [score]0.35
Meetups groups86
Meetups members29925
Number of investors11
Number of startup events in the last 12 months32
Number of upcoming meetup events17
Startup climate scene [score]0.45
Startup events2
Startups [score]0.60
Total number of startups41

Venture Capital

2
208/228
Details
Venture capital [score]0.17

Travel Connectivity

1
249/260
Details
Airport hub25
Airport hub [score]0.18

Commute

6
47/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Colombia/Medellín
Traffic handling [score]0.81

Business Freedom

6
178/259
Details
Business freedom78.20
Business freedom [score]0.73
Freedom from corruption37.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.27
Lack of labor restrictions77.60
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.76
Time to open a business9.00
Time to open a business [score]0.91

Safety

7
146/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.45
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year26
Guns per 100 residents6
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.29
Lack of guns [score]0.97
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.63

Healthcare

7
139/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.81
Healthcare quality [score]0.72
Life expectancy (years)74.75
Life expectancy [score]0.49

Education

3
202/230
Details
Best university in rankingUniversity of Antioquia
Best university ranking700
Country mean scores in PISA math test375.12
Country mean scores in PISA reading test403.40
Country mean scores in PISA science test398.68
PISA math ranking (high school)56
PISA ranking55
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.47
PISA reading (high school)52
PISA science (high school)54
Percent of happy students0.80
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.74
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.51
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.56
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.00
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.00
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.00
University quality [score]0.10

Environmental Quality

6
143/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.24
Cleanliness [score]0.74
Drinking water quality [score]0.77
Urban greenery [score]0.71

Economy

5
166/258
Details
Currency for urban areaCOP
GDP growth rate0.05
GDP growth rate [score]0.69
GDP per capita$13430.45
GDP per capita [score]0.23

Taxation

2
254/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.10
Income tax level [score]0.29
Profit tax (% of profit)0.70
Time overhead to file company taxes239
VAT (Sales Tax)0.16

Internet Access

3
198/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)11.92
Internet access (download) [score]0.37
Internet access (upload) [score]0.33
Upload speed (Mbps)7.05

Leisure & Culture

5
161/263
Details
Art galleries67
Art galleries [score]0.53
Cinemas62
Cinemas [score]0.52
Comedy clubs9
Comedy clubs [score]0.70
Concert venues71
Concerts [score]0.37
Historical sites50
Historical sites [score]0.51
Museums52
Museums [score]0.52
Performing art venues57
Performing arts [score]0.46
Sport venues51
Sports [score]0.62
Zoos5
Zoos [score]0.65

Tolerance

6
163/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index90.09
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.92
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✔ Legal
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✔ Banned
LGBT discrimination legality✔ Illegal
LGBT employment discrimination legalitySexual orientation only
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, but requires surgery
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legalitySexual orientation only
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.25

Outdoors

3
207/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.58
Median peak in meters1623.97
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)1471.00
Water access [score]0.10
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Medellín are in the least expensive 10 percent of all 261 Teleport cities. Average living expenses are significantly lower compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to Medellín will very likely decrease your daily costs of living. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$308$511
$410
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$37
Movie ticket$4
Broadband internet connection$28
Monthly public transport$32
Lunch$4
-68%
compared to
San Francisco
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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$28,497
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

5.90
Guns per 100 people
25.94
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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The overall crime rate puts Medellin in position 196 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Climate

Average day length (hours)

12.5

Climate type

Tropical Rainforest

Average daily maximum temperature

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Impressions from Medellin

6:44 What to Do in Medellín, Colombia | 36 Hours Travel Videos | The New York Times

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On living in Medellin

Medellín (Spanish pronunciation: [meðeˈʝin]), officially the Municipality of Medellín (Spanish: Municipio de Medellín), is the second-largest city in Colombia and the capital of the department of Antioquia. It is located in the Aburrá Valley, a central region of the Andes Mountains in South America. According to the National Administrative Department of Statistics, the city has an estimated population of 2.44 million as of 2014. With its surrounding area that includes nine other cities, the metropolitan area of Medellín is the second-largest urban agglomeration in Colombia in terms of population and economy, with more than 3.7 million people.

In 1616 the Spaniard Francisco Herrera Campuzano erected a small indigenous village ("poblado") known as "Saint Lawrence of Aburrá" (San Lorenzo de Aburrá), located in the present-day El Poblado commune. On 2 November 1675, the queen consort Mariana of Austria founded the "Town of Our Lady of Candelaria of Medellín" (Villa de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria de Medellín) in the Aná region, which today corresponds to the center of the city (east-central zone) and first describes the region as "Medellín". In 1826, the city was named the capital of the Department of Antioquia by the National Congress of the nascent Republic of Gran Colombia, comprised by present-day Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Panama. After Colombia won its independence from Spain, Medellín became the capital of the Federal State of Antioquia until 1888, with the proclamation of the Colombian Constitution of 1886. During the 19th century, Medellín was a dynamic commercial center, first exporting gold, then producing and exporting coffee.

At the beginning of the 21st century the city regained industrial dynamism, with the construction of the Medellín Metro commuter rail, liberalized development policies, improved security and improved education. Researchers at the Overseas Development Institute have lauded the city as a pioneer of a post-Washington consensus "local development state" model of economic development. The city is promoted internationally as a tourist destination and is considered by the GaWC as "sufficient" to be a global city.

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